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12/10/2014 - Hello to all of you wonderful TSBVI staffers, students, volunteers and visitors!

Over the next few weeks, a new website will be revealed (yay!). Transitioning a site of this size is no small task and will require a little intermittent downtime and a little patience.

A team member, the famous (infamous?) Kristi Sprinkle, suggested that I keep everyone updated on our progress so that no one is caught by surprise and everyone has the opportunity watch the transformation as we go. Rather than bore you with ad nauseam tech-speak, I will attempt to charm you with brilliant haiku.

The web page you seek
may not be online today.
Please try tomorrow.

Oh no! Where'd it go?
I could always find it here.
What's Jim's extension?

Pretty good, eh? Okay, maybe not. But I do want to keep you all informed of the roll-out schedule. Of course, my list of 'want-to-do' updates is much longer than my 'can-do-this-month' list. (Right now, someone is saying 'she bit off more than she could chew in one meal'. I hear you! Stop that!)

Rather than delay the launch of the new site, we have decided to release the improvements in stages.
For the remainder of this week, will be offline. However, we will provide a link to the former, archived site so that you may access the content while we make the transition.

The upcoming dates to know are:

  • 12/11 - 12/12 Initial launch of the new website featuring all content as it was, searching by keyword 'tags' and extended menu availability for improved usability. A link to the archived site will be posted here during this time.
  • 12/15 - 12/18 Improve the search function (this is a cool one, y'all!), add the new braille book library, improve accessibility of some elements, integrate Moodle.
  • After the Christmas break, we will provide training to our campus' editors.

That isn't the end of the list of 'want-to-do' updates. But, it's enough to keep me busy for a while.

Feel free to email me any suggestions, ideas or 'how to haiku' tutorials. Or, even better, stop by and say hello! If you see Jim or Kristi, give 'em a hug and tell them what an amazing job they've done with the Internet and the Intranet. They make us look good!

I look forward to working with you to keep the best source of information for the blind and visually impaired community in Texas and around the world.

Happy Holidays!